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Weekly Legislative Update: March 29, 2021

Congressional Schedule: March 29-April 2, 2021

Floor Action:

The Senate and House are in recess until April 12. 

Bills Introduced: March 22-26, 2021

Abortion

S. 1021—Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/25/21)—A bill to ensure affordable abortion coverage and care for every person, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2223—Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA)/Judiciary (3/26/21)—A bill to prohibit taking minors across state lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

H.R. 2234—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Natural Resources; Armed Services; Veterans’ Affairs; Judiciary; Oversight and Reform; Foreign Affairs (3/26/21)—A bill to ensure affordable abortion coverage and care for every person, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 274—Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL)/Rules (3/26/21)—A resolution providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 619) to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.

Child Care

S. 1049—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Environment and Public Works (3/25/21)—A bill to make projects that directly or indirectly increase the accessibility of child care eligible for certain grants, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2221—Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA)/Transportation and Infrastructure; Financial Services (3/26/21)—A bill to make projects that directly or indirectly increase the accessibility of child care eligible for certain grants, and for other purposes.

Child Protection 

S. 886—Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/22/21)—A bill to establish a National Child Abuse Hotline. 

S. 931—Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)/Finance (3/23/21)—A bill to ensure that the 2021 recovery rebates as provided for in the American Rescue Plan Act are not provided to prison inmates convicted of child sex abuse and that such sums shall be redirected to the Department of Justice to be paid out in the form of restitution to compensate victims of crime.

S. 1033—Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)/Finance (3/25/21)—A bill to allow the secretary of Health and Human Services to award competitive grants to enhance collaboration between state child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

S. Res. 138—Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)/Foreign Relations (3/25/21)—A resolution urging the European Parliament to exempt certain technologies used to detect child sexual exploitation from European Union ePrivacy directive.

Civil Rights 

S. 888—Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)/Judiciary (3/22/21)—A bill to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s texture or style of hair. 

H.R. 2252—Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)/Financial Services; House Administration (3/26/21)—A bill to award posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley.

Employment

S. 880—Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/22/21)—A bill to clarify appropriate standards for federal employment discrimination and retaliation claims, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2123—Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)/Financial Services (3/23/21)—A bill to require regulated entities to provide information necessary for the Offices of Women and Minority Inclusion to carry out their duties, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 24—Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)/Education and Labor (3/23/21)— A concurrent resolution recognizing the significance of equal pay and the disparity between wages paid to men and women.

H.R. 2242—Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)/Education and Labor (3/26/21)—A bill to prohibit certain practices by employers relating to restrictions on discussion of employees’ and prospective employees’ salary and benefit history, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2243—Del. Eleanor Norton Holmes (D-DC-At Large)/Education and Labor (3/26/21)—A bill to prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on account of sex, race, or national origin, and for other purposes.

Health 

S. 893—Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/23/21)—A bill to support the use of technology in maternal health care. 

S. 1019—Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/25/21)—A bill to limit the presence of toxic elements in, and otherwise regulate, infant and toddler food, and for other purposes.

S. 1042—Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/25/21)—A bill to prevent maternal mortality and serve maternal morbidity among black pregnant and postpartum individuals and other underserved populations, to provide training in respectful maternity care, to reduce and prevent bias, racism, and discrimination in maternity care settings, and for other purposes.

S. 1063—Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/25/21)—A bill to provide women with increased access to preventive and life-saving cancer screening.

H.R. 2216—Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA)/Energy and Commerce (3/26/21)—A bill to provide women with increased access to preventive and life-saving cancer screening.

H.R. 2229—Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL)/Energy and Commerce (3/26/21)—A bill to limit the presence of toxic elements in, and otherwise regulate, infant and toddler food, and for other purposes. 

Human Trafficking 

S. 895—Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)/Finance (3/23/21)—A bill to provide an exemption from gross income for mandatory restitution or civil damages as recompense for trafficking in persons.

International

S. 1029—Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)/Foreign Relations (3/25/21)—A bill to require the imposition of sanctions with respect to forced abortions by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Judiciary

H.R. 2172—Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)/Judiciary (3/23/21)—A bill to prohibit law enforcement officers from engaging in sexual activity with persons in custody, and for other purposes.

Military 

S. 906—Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)/Armed Services (3/23/21)—A bill to expand and enhance programs and activities of the Department of Defense for prevention of and response to domestic abuse and child abuse and neglect among military families, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2146—Rep. David Joyce (R-OH)/Armed Services (3/23/21)—A bill to expand and enhance programs and activities of the Department of Defense for prevention of and response to domestic abuse and child abuse and neglect among military families, and for other purposes. 

Miscellaneous 

S. Res. 127—Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)/Considered and agreed to (3/22/21)—A resolution electing Karen H. Gibson as sergeant at arms and doorkeeper of the Senate.

H.R. 2142—Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY)/Oversight and Reform (3/23/21)—A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 170 Manhattan Avenue in Buffalo, New York, as the “Indiana Hunt-Martin Post Office Building.”

S. Res. 135—Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)/Judiciary (3/24/21)—A resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of Latinas in the United States.

S. 1032—Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA)/Rules and Administration (3/25/21)—A bill direct the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library to obtain a statue of Shirley Chisholm for placement in the United States Capitol.

H.R. 2198—Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)/House Administration (3/26/21)—A bill to direct the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library to obtain a statue of Shirley Chisholm for placement in the United States Capitol.

H.R. 2233—Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI)/Financial Services; House Administration (3/26/21)—A bill to posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin in recognition of her contributions of outstanding artistic and historical significance to culture in the United States.

H. Res. 276—Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA)/Oversight and Reform (3/26/21)—A resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of Latinas in the United States. 

H. Res. 282—Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)/Education and Labor (3/26/21)—A resolution commemorating the life and legacy of labor pioneer Kate Mullany in honor of Women’s History Month.

Tax Policy 

S. 897—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Finance (3/23/21)—A bill to increase the limitation of the exclusion for dependent care assistance programs.

H.R. 2121—Rep. Cynthia Axne (D-IA)/Ways and Means (3/23/21)—A bill to increase the limitation of the exclusion for dependent care assistance programs.

Violence Against Women 

S. 926—Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3/23/21)—A bill to plan, develop, and make recommendations to increase access to sexual assault examinations for survivors by holding hospitals accountable and supporting the providers that serve them.

S. 930—Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)/Finance (3/23/21)—A bill to ensure that the 2021 recovery rebates as provided for in the American Rescue Plan Act are not provided to prison inmates convicted of rape and that such sums shall be redirected to the Department of Justice to be paid out in the form of restitution to compensate victims of crime.

H.R. 2119—Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA)/Education and Labor; Transportation and Infrastructure (3/23/21)—A bill to amend the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act to make improvements. 

H.R. 2145—Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)/Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor (3/23/21)—A bill to plan, develop, and make recommendations to increase access to sexual assault examinations for survivors by holding hospitals accountable and supporting the providers that serve them.

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